Frequently Asked Questions for Students
1. How do I change my major?
Undergraduate students should meet with their major advisor, who will submit the change of major for the student online. Deadline: Major changes are processed for the current term if the request goes through by the drop deadline for the term. Requests submitted after the drop course deadline will take effect the following term. This is due to differential tuition in some colleges.
Graduate students should consult the Graduate School Office’s change of degree/major procedures.
2. How do I S/U my class?
Follow the details for S/Uing a class here. Have your academic advisor sign it and return it to the Office of the Registrar before the term deadline posted in the Academic Calendar (no later than 5 p.m. on Friday of the seventh week). During summer term, see Tuition & Deadlines on the Summer Session website. Note that a grade of S or U has no grade-point equivalent and is not used in GPA calculations.
3. When do I register?
See the priority registration schedule in the online catalog. For further details, go to Getting Started page about registration.
4. How do I reset my password?
Go to http://onid.oregonstate.edu and choose “Sign Up For ONID” from the upper-left hand column.
Enter your OSU ID Number
Set your birth date
Enter your first name
Enter your last name
Read Acceptable Use Policy
Read the acceptable use policy
Click “I Agree”
Read the instructions and create a password that meets the restrictions
Enter your password twice
Click “Set Password”
Set Alternate Contact Information
Enter your cell phone number
Enter an alternate email address
This information will be used to contact you in the event that you forget your ONID password.
Set Spam Blocking Options
Verify that the default spam options are set
You should now be on a page that says, “Your ONID account has been created!” Make a note of your ONID username, email address, forwarding address, if you set one, and the web address of your personal OSU web page.
You should also receive a confirmation email in your ONID inbox verifying the information displayed on the “Your ONID account has been created!” page.
5. How do I get my enrollment certified or verified?
Several options are available for you to certify your enrollment at OSU. Some are free of charge through your online student account. These include printing your class schedule, unofficial transcript, or National Student Clearinghouse verification. Printed copies of your official transcripts may also be requested online.
If you need a verification of enrollment that includes information not provided by the above options, please submit a completed Verification of Enrollment request form to request specialized documentation. Specialty certification services are subject to a certification fee and require three business days for processing. The completed and signed form can be submitted by mail, in person with photo ID, by fax (541-737-8123) or the completed form can be scanned and emailed to this office, email@example.com.
For additional information and documentation, please refer to the Verification of Enrollment Submission Dates and Letter of Explanation.
6. I ordered my transcript to be sent after my degree was posted but it was not sent. How come?
If you ordered your transcripts to be sent after your degree is posted, but you did not advance to the graduation pool, your transcript request will be deleted. You must re-order your transcripts once you are in the term for which you're projected to graduate. Please wait about four weeks into that term before ordering because degree clearance for the previous term will still be in progress.
7. How do I add a course after classes have begun?
You must complete the Late Change of Registration form to have the course added to your record.
To request to add a course after the deadline has passed, mark the box associated with the course add, provide the requested course information, and provide complete legible answers to the questions at the bottom of the first page. On the back page the instructor and department need to complete the Instructor Section for Late Add. Undergraduates obtain the signature of your college head advisor, graduate students obtain the signature of the Graduate Dean, in the Head Advisor/Graduate Dean Comments section. Return the completed petition to the Office of the Registrar for review.
If you are unable to meet with these individuals in person to obtain a signature we will accept an email response from them, as long as it is from their Oregon State University email address.
Once we receive your completed petition, it will go before the Academic Requirements Committee for a decision. The committee meets every Wednesday morning, with exception to meeting bi-weekly in the summer. You will be notified via Oregon State University email of the decision. If you have any questions about the process, please contact our office at 541-737-4331 or visit our late registration page.
8: How do I change something about how my identity (e.g., gender, ethnicity, name) shows up in OSU’s information systems?
We call these your biographical details. If you need to change one or more of your biographical details, you may do so on our biographical information change request page.
9. How do I apply for re-admission?
You must complete the Re-admission Application: Undergraduate/Postbacc/Non-Degree form.
10. What is the difference between dropping a course and withdrawing from a course and does it affect my GPA?
A dropped course does not appear on your academic transcript. A withdrawn course will appear on your transcript with a grade of W. The W grade does not affect your GPA.
11. Can I tell by looking at section numbers what restrictions might apply for a particular course?
Section numbers can indicate on which campus a section is scheduled, but do not necessarily restrict a section to students from that campus. Section numbers should not be relied on as an indicator for restrictions. Up-to-date section restrictions for sections can be found in the Schedule of Classes.
Section number guide (effective Fall term 2020)
001-089: Corvallis campus
090-099: EOP (Education Opportunities Program) Corvallis campus students
100-199: Corvallis campus
200-399: Not available for use
450-479: Portland/PDX Campus
480-499: Ecampus Hybrid sections
500-599: OSU Cascades campus
600-699: INTO OSU sections
700-799: La Grande/EOU campus
800-899: Newport/HMSC campus
900-999: Study Abroad / OSU GO
Section number guide (through Summer term 2020)
Sections 01X through 08X are for all students.
09X sections are for EOP (Education Opportunities Program) students.
4XX sections are for Ecampus.
5XX sections are for OSU-Cascades campus.
6XX sections are for INTO OSU students.
7XX sections are for EOU-La Grande campus.
12. Displaying Your ID Photo
Unless you have a confidentiality restriction on file with the Office of the Registrar, the default setting is to display your OSU ID photo. If you would like to restrict your ID photo from displaying to advisors and faculty, you may do so by clicking 'Directory Profile' in MyOregonState and unclicking the 'Photo Viewable' box.
13. Common Registration Error Messages
TIP: Before contacting the Office of the Registrar, we ask students to write down the error messages. It easier to track down the issue with a written message.
1. A required prerequisite course(s) or test score has not been completed satisfactorily. To determine if you are eligible to access the course, contact the department hosting the course.
Student is attempting to register for a course that requires a minimum score on a test as a pre-requisite condition. Student is attempting to register for a course that requires a minimum grade in another course as a prerequisite condition. Student must turn in the required test score before attempting to register. Student must first register and receive a minimum grade for the required prerequisite course before registering for the subsequent course.
2. This course is linked with a lab, recitation, or studio. You must register for all parts of the course. Check the Catalog to find the linked CRN, and register for both at the same time.
Student is attempting to separately register for the lab, the lecture, or the recitation section of the bundled courses. Student needs to type in all required section CRNs into CRN boxes of the add/drop page in Online Services at once and press the “submit” button to register.
3. Linked course required (Lecture).
Student is attempting to register for the lecture and not choosing the lab or the recitation section to add along with the lecture. Student needs to type in all required section CRNs into CRN boxes of the add/drop page in Online Services at once and press the “submit” button to register.
4. Linked course required (Recitation).
Student is attempting to register for the recitation and not choosing the lecture section to add along with the recitation. Student needs to type in all required section CRNs into CRN boxes of the add/drop page in Online Services at once and press the “submit” button to register.
5. Linked course required (Laboratory).
Student is attempting to register for the lab and not choosing the lecture section to add along with the lab. Student needs to type in all required section CRNs into CRN boxes of the add/drop page in Online Services at once and press the “submit” button to register.
6. Restricted by major, minor, or option. Students that do not meet the requirement(s) are ineligible to register for this course. Questions should be referred to the department hosting the course.
Student is attempting to register for a course that restricts registration for anyone other than the students with major/minor/option codes that match the codes associated with the section. Student must register for a section of the course that does not have this restriction or contact the department for an override. Look up section restrictions in the OSU Catalog Search for Classes, in the Restrictions column.
7. SAPR-Instructor's Signature. SAPR-Department Approval. SAPR-Head Advisor's Approval.
Approval is needed from the department for the student to register for the course. Student must write down the message and contact the department.
8. Maximum hours exceeded.
Student is attempting to register for number of credits that exceed the allowed number of credits for the student. If it is priority registration phase 1, then student must wait until priority registration phase 2 to add more credits. During priority registration phase 1, UG students are limited to register up to 16 credits only. If it is during priority registration phase 2, UG students can register for up to 19 credits.
9. Open - Reserved for Wait List.
Student is attempting to register for a course that is full, however student can waitlist for the course. Student can waitlist for the course
10. Level Restriction.
Student is attempting to register for a course that is reserved for a different student level, i.e. Undergraduate student attempts to register for a Graduate level course. Student would need to register for courses that are allowed for their level.
11. Closed Section.
Student is attempting to register for a closed section. Student needs to look for another section that is open.
12. Restricted to a certain OSU campus.Only students who attend the listed campus are eligible to register for this course. Questions should be referred to the department hosting the course.
Student is attempting to register for a course offered at another campus. i.e. Corvallis campus student attempting to register for a Bend or La Grande campus course.Student should look for classes offered at their “home” campus or offered through the E-Campus.
13. Restricted by Student Attribute. Students that do not meet the attribute requirement(s) are ineligible to register for this course; Questions should be referred to the department hosting the course.
Student is attempting to register for a course section that is reserved for students with certain attributes in Banner. i.e. EOP. Student should search for another section that does not restrict registration by student attribute.
14. Class Restriction.
Student is attempting to register for a course that requires a certain class standing. i.e. course is only for students with junior or senior class standing. Student will need to wait until they achieve this class-standing requirement.
15. College Restriction.
Student is attempting to register for a course that is reserved for students of a certain college. i.e. Honors College. Student may search for a course section that does not restrict registration by college.
16. Requires registration in an associated co-requisite course(s). Enter the CRN for each co-requisite in the Add Classes Worksheet of your online registration. Submit the changes simultaneously.
Student is attempting to register for a course that has a co-requisite and not adding the CRN for the co-requisite. Certain lectures and labs are set up as co-requisites. Co-requisites subject code and number are separate. Student must look up the available CRNs for the co-requisite course.
17. Restricted by degree type, BS, etc... Students that do not meet the degree requirement are ineligible to register for this course. Questions should be referred to the department hosting the course.
Student is attempting to register for a course with degree type restriction. i.e. Error message displays if a course restricts the student from registering unless the student is currently has a degree type Bachelor of Arts but student is Non-degree seeking student. Student should look for another course section that does not restrict registration based on student’s degree type.
18. Open - Waitlist Filled.
Student is attempting to register or waitlist for a course with full seats and full waitlist. Student should search for another course section that has available seats in class or with available spots in the waitlist.
19. Time conflict with CRN …..
Student is attempting to register for a course that is concurrently in progress when a course that the student has registered for is progress. Student must find another section that does not have a time conflict with courses the student is already registered for, or decide on other courses that do not conflict in schedule.
20. Duplicate Course with Section …..
Student is attempting to register for another section of a course that student has already had registered for. Student must look for courses that have extensible credits if student wishes to have more credits within a certain subject.
See the online catalog page at https://catalog.oregonstate.edu/subject-contacts/.